I’m In Heaven
What’s up kids. Quick little post to talk about something really fun I did last night. Made my way over to the Brooklyn Brewery for a pairing event with Murray’s Cheese. Now, if you know me, you know those are two of my favorite things to pair up, tasty cheese and lovely beers. Last night I was treated Murray’s Buyer Aaron Foster, walking us through a fantastic pairing, featuring four different beers and cheeses.
Ok, I’m not entirely sure what cheeses we sampled, since I got there late and did a poor job of actually listening. I do know, two of them were sheep milk, maybe one from Basque, one was goat, and there was a cheddar, which went really, really well with the IPA. My favorite was one of the sheep milk cheeses that paired well with the Brown Ale. A couple things I did not know, some farmers feed cows extra beta keratin to get the cheese to come out yellow or orange. Also, rennet, which are enzymes from baby cow stomachs, is used to help coagulate the milk. Sorry kids, but thanks for the sacrifice.
Many, many thanks to the Brooklyn Brewery for having us. And thanks to Aaron and Murray’s for the lesson. In other great news, Aaron also mentioned how they will soon have craft beer at Murray’s Cheese Shop. So, that along with the newly opened Murray’s Cheese Bar make for a fun little stop on a cheese and beer lovers tour of Bleecker street.
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
I’m going to start this off by saying, Jack Tatum’s debut album as Wild Nothing, Gemini, was probably one of my favorite albums in the last five or six years. It was that good. Dreamy, hazy, bedroom pop with a dash of shoegaze thrown in for good measure. Then there was the Golden Haze and Your Rabbit Feet singles that were also amazing. A quick collaboration with Beach Fossils on their track “Out In the Way”, and earlier this year the “Nowhere” single, possibly signaling a new direction. What’s funny though is, the more I listened to that track, the more I anticipated some change and growth.
Needless to say, Nocturne, the proper follow up is nothing short of a fantastic sophomore record. There are still a lot of elements there that made that first album so amazing. But some of the things he did on this record that I love are elements from late 80’s pop. Some hushed synths, jangly/echoey guitars and triggered drum tracks. There are some other neat studio tricks too, like ambient sounds, birds in the background and layered harmonies.
Here is probably my favorite track from the album, “Only Heather”